Pender Island Junior Sailing Association welcomed five new Board Members at the AGM on Jan 30th: Manfred Burandt, Dave Harrison, Celine Mills, Herman Neivaart, and Stephen Lofts. Already they are bringing new ideas, expertise and energy. Tim Underhill has stepped down, and his time on the Board is much appreciated.
PIJSA intends to offer:
CanSail Level 1 & 2 courses the weeks of July 11th-15th & 15th-29th and Aug. 1st-5th & 15th-19th.
CanSail Level 3 & 4 courses for more advanced instruction may be offered Aug. 1st-5th and 15th-19th. Currently there is no qualified instructor and if this continues, FunSail will be offered.
Students must be 9y old at the start of CanSail Level 1 & 2 courses, which are for beginners. For CanSail 3 & 4 courses or Funsail, students must be 12y old at the start of the course, and to have completed nearly all the Level 2 requirements.
All students should have basic swimming ability, assisted by a PFD; Level 1 & 2 students will be required to participate in a capsizing exercise. Level 3 & 4 students appear to enjoy capsizing often!
Each course will be Monday to Friday, 9 am-3.30 pm at the beach at Browning Harbour. Costs for courses leading to certification will be $200 or $175 for FunSail. Level 1 & 2 courses use Pirate class boats with usually 3 students per boat or 2 if they are adults or a big teenager. Level 3 & 4 or FunSail use single-handed Laser 1s and Bytes and a couple of Laser 2s with two crew members.
Registration should start on May 1st for returning students and others in the same household, and May 15th for all others. For registration in courses in which certified instruction will be available, registration will be done using an online service. This system makes it easier for the instructors to record a student’s progress, and this record of progress will be available to students and to other sailing schools across Canada.
Last year, PIJSA changed a number of its protocols to accommodate concerns raised by the COVID pandemic, and some of these will remain as they are improvements. PIJSA will follow the public health regulations as issued by BCSail at the appropriate time this coming summer. At present, it appears there will be few if any restrictions.
Bruce Waygood, Commodore